Ice Hockey Equipment
Ice Hockey is probably best associated with on-ice fights, crushing slapshots, and broken teeth. Six men teams play against each other, with the ultimate goal being to put a hard rubber disk into the net more often than the other team.
Each player carries a stick. The stick is used to push the rubber disk, also known as the puck, up and down the rink. These same sticks also tend to get used when a fight breaks out, which usually happens during every game. To avoid potential injuries during fair play and heated battles, players wear a great deal of padding and helmets. Goalies are even more geared up than the forewards and defensemen. Of course, since the game is played on an ice rink, the players also wear razor sharp ice skates, which can also lead to more injuries. Even the referees wear pads and guards against potential injury.
All of the equipment the ice hockey players wear is nothing in comparison to the refrigeration units and the ice resurfacers. Believe it or not, there is even equipment available to help you turn your backyard into an ice rink.
Most of the equipment used by players can be purchased at any sports specialty store. You can pick up ice hockey equipment suitable for youths up to adults, and used equipment can be found at resale stores and at online auctions. Most ice skating rinks will also offer hockey training for kids, and many high schools and colleges offer competitive hockey leagues for youths. A more recent development is the growing interest in women's hockey.
No matter where you buy your equipment, make sure of a proper fit, and if you must have the items shipped, looked for free shipping offers. Often the ability to get free shipping will more than pay for any pricing difference you may find between one retailer and another.